Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/2/2020
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Location: The Arena in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -4
James Harden and the Houston Rockets (41-24, 1st in the Southwest Division) host the Milwaukee Bucks (54-12, 1st in the Central Division) at The Arena on Sunday. The spread on this contest has Milwaukee as 4-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 238.5.
The Bucks cover the spread 56.1% of the time, having gone 37-29-0 ATS. Houston is covering 46.2% of the time, going 30-35-0 against the spread.
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
07/31/20 PG Eric Bledsoe COVID-19 is questionable Sunday vs Houston
07/31/20 SG Pat Connaughton COVID-19 is questionable Sunday vs Houston
07/31/20 PF Marvin Williams Groin is questionable Sunday vs Houston
07/31/20 PG Frank Mason Back is questionable Sunday vs Houston
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
07/29/20 SG Eric Gordon Ankle is out indefinitely
07/21/20 SF Thabo Sefolosha Personal is out for season
George Hill averages 9.5 points per game in 21.3 minutes per contest. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 3.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%. Brook Lopez comes into this contest averaging 11.0 points per game while playing 26.6 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is at 82%.
P.J. Tucker averages 7.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.8 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 83%. James Harden averages 34.6 points per game while playing 36.9 minutes per contest. He grabs 6.4 rebounds per game and has 7.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bucks allow 107.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 1st and 17th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.7 rebounds a game which ranks 21st, and they give up 23.7 assists per contest which puts them in 10th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league. Milwaukee averages 118.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 11.2 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 3rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 51.7 rebounds per game and 25.9 assists per contest, which ranks them 1st and 7th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets surrender 114.9 points per contest, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 24th with 25.4 assists allowed per contest, and 28th with 47.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Rockets are 26th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.9 per game. Houston is 1st in the league with 118.7 points per game this year. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 3.8. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They are 14th in the league in rebounding with 44.9 boards per game and 29th in assists per contest with 21.6. The Rockets are 17th in turnovers per game with 14.6.
The Bucks are 8th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.6, and their defensive rating of 102 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 105 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 1st. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league. Milwaukee is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 30th in the league.
Houston is 21st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 15th in the NBA. The Rockets are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 110.4, and their offensive rating of 114 is ranked 15th. They are 3rd in the NBA in pace with 103.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 49% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Bucks/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Houston +4
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